Foreign nationals who overstayed their authorized periods of stay in Japan (July 1, 2020)

Press release

October 9, 2020
Immigration Services Agency

  • There were 82,616 foreign nationals in Japan who had overstayed their authorized periods of stay on July 1, 2020
  • This was a decrease of 276 people (0.3%) from January 1, 2020 (Reiwa 2)

1. Trends of illegal residents and gender – Table 1

There were 82,616 illegal residents as of July 1, 2020 (Reiwa 2). There were 82,892 illegal residents as of January 1, 2020 (Reiwa 2). This indicates a decrease of 276 illegal residents (0.3%).
There were more male illegal residents than female, with 48,948 (59.2%) male and 33,668 (40.8%) female. This was a decrease of 150 males (0.3%) and 126 females (0.4%) from January 1, 2020 (Reiwa 2).
The 15,399 people whose application acceptance periods had been extended as of July 1, 2020, in response to the measures taken to reduce congestion at the residence application counter due to COVID-19 (see note), were not counted in the figures given above.

(Note) In light of circumstances concerning COVID-19, a measure to reduce congestion at the residence application counter as a way to help prevent the spread of infection had been implemented. Applications for change of status of residence and applications for extension of period of stay by foreign nationals whose periods of stay had expired during March, April, May, June, or July (excluding foreign nationals who reside under "Designated Activities (departure preparation period)") were accepted up to three months after the period of stay had expired.

2. Illegal residents (by nationality) – Table 1, Table 3, Fig. 1, Fig. 3

Compared to January 1, 2020, the top nine remained the same, but the tenth place had changed from the Republic of Singapore to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
Compared to January 1, 2020, there had been an increase in the number of illegal residents from three countries/regions, with an increase of 254 illegal residents from Nepal (33.5%), 207 illegal residents from Thailand (2.3%), and 12 illegal residents from Sri Lanka (1.1%).

3. Illegal residents (by status of residence) – Table 2, Table 3, Fig. 2

Regarding the top five most common statuses of residence, there had been no change in the status of residence or their relative commonality since January 1, 2020.
Compared to January 1, 2020, two statuses of residence had been increasing. "Designated Activities" had increased by 276 (4.9%) and "Technical Intern Training" had increased by 30 (0.2%).

(Note 1) The number of foreign nationals who had overstayed their authorized periods of stay given above is an approximate number as of July 1, 2020. The number was determined by comparing the recorded number of entrances to and departures from the country by foreign nationals, with consideration for the deportation procedures, and by extracting data representing those who have exceeded their legal periods of stay.
(Note 2) The percentages (%) given for each part have been rounded to the nearest tenth and may not necessarily add up to 100.0%.

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